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Open Letter to the Prime Minister From Former Air Force Commanders Dear Prime Minister, As former commanders of Canada’s air force, we respectfully but urgently ask that your government not proceed with the plan to purchase a fleet of Super Hornet aircraft as an interim measure pending the eventual replacement of our venerable CF-​18 fighters. It is our firm belief that the interim strategy is ill-​advised, costly and unnecessary. Most important,…
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CDA Institute Security & Defence Blogger Adnan Qaiser, a political and defence analyst with a distinguished career in the armed forces and international diplomacy, examines challenges to President Donald Trump’s international policy. If destiny is choice, and not chance, then the American people have played a big gamble by electing President Trump into office. The president’s West versus East approach has already made him unpopular not only in the US but also in Europe, Asia…
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Joe Varner, former Director of Policy for the Ministers of National Defence and Justice and iFellow of the Inter University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, examines President Donald Trump’s first week in power and what it might mean for Canada. One week is now under President Donald J. Trump’s belt and the Trudeau government should be asking itself what is the impact of the first seven days and what does…
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CDA Institute Guest Contributor Chris Kilford, a Fellow at the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University, offers his analysis and insight into the complicated area of defence budgeting and allocation. Last December, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army guided missile frigates Yancheng and Daqing, and the Fuchi-​class oiler Tai Hu, paid a successful week-​long port visit to Victoria. All three ships were new. Well, nearly. The Yancheng was the…
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The CDA Institute is pleased to post relevant news, articles, and commentaries on security and defence related issues from the past week. Message from the CEO, Tony Battista: This is a very busy time at the Conference of Defence Associations and the CDA Institute. We are pleased to welcome to our small team BGen Matthew Overton (retired), Marie Claire Ouellette, Chris West and Francis Bleeker. Their help in planning and delivering the next…
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